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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (598 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ross Macdonald Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lew Archer Series Release Date:
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As a mysterious fire rages through the hills above a privileged town in Southern California, Lew Archer tracks a missing child who may be the pawn in a marital struggle or the victim of a bizarre kidnapping. What he uncovers amid the ashes is murder — and a trail of motives as combustible as gasoline. The Underground Man is a detective novel of merciless suspense and tragic depth, with an unfaltering insight into the moral ambiguities at the heart of California's version of the American dream.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I should like to venture that Ross Macdonald is a better novelist than either…Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[Grover Gardner’s] reading is impeccable. Characters ranging from a dumb blonde to a mentally challenged middle-aged man are presented with delicate yet distinguishable differences. Even the child’s voice is believable, with glimpses of youthful innocence, bravado, and fear.”


  • “What gives me special satisfaction about this novel is that no one but a good writer—this good writer—could have possibly brought it off. The Underground Man is Mr. Macdonald’s best book yet, I think. It is not only exhilaratingly well done; it is also very moving.”

    Eudora Welty

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jim | 12/30/2013

    " Why I decided to pick up McDonald, I don't know, but it was a pretty good story, but not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alice | 8/23/2013

    " This a pretty good mistery. I enjoyed it. Felt the dialog was a bit stilted at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rae | 8/21/2013

    " Southern California is burning up and a little boy has vanished. Lew Archer investigates and is caught up in a complicated and tangled web of plot. A hardboiler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ben Warner | 7/25/2013

    " A good California-noir with not much of an ending. "

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About the Author
Author Ross Macdonald

Ross Macdonald (1915–1983) was the pen name of Kenneth Millar. Born near San Francisco but raised in British Columbia, he returned to the United States as a young man and published his first novel in 1944. For over twenty years he lived in Santa Barbara and wrote mystery novels about the fascinating and changing society of his native state. He is widely credited with elevating the detective novel to the level of literature with his compactly written tales of murder and despair. His works have received awards from the Mystery Writers of America and of Great Britain, and his book The Moving Target was made into the movie Harper in 1966. In 1982 he was awarded the Eye Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Private Eye Writers of America.